Abandoning this one around page 100. I just don't have the patience right now to see if this book will get any better. Maybe I will try it again sometAbandoning this one around page 100. I just don't have the patience right now to see if this book will get any better. Maybe I will try it again sometime later though I doubt it. Both main characters are shallow and the way Hawk understands that Adrienne is the love of his life upon laying eyes on her was just laughable. Nope, I prefer to remember Moning's writing style from the Fever series, this book feels like it's being written from a completely different author....more
It doesn't come as a big surprise that I absolutely loved Angel's Ink. Whoever is familiar with Jocelynn D Review posted at Books to Brighten your Mood
It doesn't come as a big surprise that I absolutely loved Angel's Ink. Whoever is familiar with Jocelynn Drake's work and her ability to create intricate and unique worlds knows exactly what I'm talking about and why I couldn't help but thoroughly enjoy Drake's newest release. She's simply one of those authors that just sweep you away into a magical journey you never want it to end.
But let's take things from the start. The first thing I really loved about Angel's Ink and found really refreshing was the male POV. I kind of take for granted that the voice I will hear in my head telling the story will be female that I was pleasantly surprised to realize that this time I would hear a man telling me his story. I know the blurb clearly states the POV but believe it or not I haven't even read the blurb before picking up this title. It was a book written by Jocelynn Drake, I didn't need any other recommendations... So, the male POV was such a fresh take on the genre, at least for me. I know this one isn't the first story told in male POV, but I seem to just keep picking all those that are told from a female one.
Gage's voice was strong and sexy and reading about his growing feelings for Trixie and how their romance developed was hotter than what I could have ever imagined and sweet at the same time.
The world building is something new and intricate. In fact the world building is so complicated that I kind of struggled to understand how everything works. And to be honest, even now that I have finished reading Angel's Ink I still haven't understood how everything falls in place in this world. You have humans and almost every paranormal creature you can imagine (warlocks, fae, elves, werewolves, trolls), all living together in modern society. The details of the world are slowly given to the reader along with the narration but up to the end, it's not quite clear how everything works or connects in the story. At least I fell that way. At points, everything was just too much and the actual story was lost in the details of such an intricate world.
The character development is pretty good, although it's mainly focused on Gage. We only learn about him and little else about the rest of the characters. And that was the reason I felt a little bit tired sometime after I reached the middle of the book. I was a bit tired about Gage's endless list of problems and fires he needed to put out. He was constantly running from someone to save his life or he was in the middle of trying to fix someone else's life in cost of his own.
The romance between Gage and Trixie was sweet and sexy at the same time and I really enjoyed reading that part of the book. Plus, the ending just blew me away. Although from an aspect it felt a bit anticlimatic, some details revealed at the end of the book just made sure that I would be definitely reading the next installment in this series.
All in all, Angel's Ink is a fresh UF story that all lovers of the genre should try reading. It may be weak in some aspects but Jocelynn Drake makes sure that you'll have a great time while reading her stories, even if you have some minor problems....more
Demon Hunting in the Deep South is one of those books I find it extremely hard to review from time to time. For different reasons in most cases, but difficult nonetheless. And it's so hard for my to rate and review this one because even though I knew that it was part of a series, I was under the impression that it could be read as a stand alone just as well. But that, was a mistake.
Let me explain. Demon Hunting in the Deep South, has a different set of characters from the first book in the Demon Hunting series BUT the same characters that are now the main couple, had a rather extended presence in the first book of the series, Demon Hunting in Dixie. And when I say extended, I mean that they had so much history, that I couldn't possibly keep up with their story. There were so many things that tied Evie and Ansgar together, so many things that happened between them in the first book that no matter how many explanations the author gave me, I always felt that there were some pieces missing.
And that feeling of loss extends to the world building and plot as well. Lexi George does an amazing job with the complexity of her world but not everything is explained in detail. Or in enough detail to be able to grasp exactly how everything works. Granted, some things are explained but there are many that are not making it difficult for me not only to understand how the world ticks but to evaluate the author's ability to present her world to her readers. I simply don't know if things are left unexplained or were explained in the first book.
For example, in Demon Hunting in the Deep South you will meet a diversity of paranormal creatures: demons, fairies, ghosts and lots of magic. There are so many different paranormal elements but they don't form a solid world I'm afraid... I can't see any connection between them. They are just thrown in the story, without so much of an explanation or reason for existence. Nothing. And as I said, I don't know if those explanations I was seeking were given on the first book of the series, or not at all. SO, you see my problem in making my mind about the world building and the writing style...
Apart from that, there's one thing I immensely enjoyed about this book though: the sarcastic tone and humour of the author. Lexi George simply has a voice that stands out and knows how to write a villain who you love to hate. And that is Meredith. She may not be the main villain but she's definitely not angel material. But I loved her to pieces even when she was a total bitch. Especially when she was one :)
As far as Evie and Ansgar are concerned, there where things I liked and disliked in both of them. In Evie I liked how she developed throughout the novel and how loyal she was, but she was far too shy for my taste and honestly, the part where she gets arrested and her main concern is that she's commando, made me roll my eyes more than once.
Ansgar on the other hand, is your typical, drool-worthy alpha male, which is always a plus, I loved his brutality and how he fought his feelings for Evie, but I thought that he approached her far too easily and quickly for a man that did everything he could for Evie to forget all about him. He kind of contradicted himself.
The sex scenes, were fairly good written and sexy and you could see the chemistry between Evie and Ansgar, but again due to their history form the first book, the make out scenes came far too quickly before I could connect with the characters, and that is something I don't usually like. That, and reading sentences like "touche me there" or "touch her houhah" in the middle of a sexy scene that completely turned me off.
All in all, Demon Hunting in the Deep South is a book I had some problems with, problems that I wouldn't probably have if I had read the first book in the series. As it is, my review and rating is based solely without any previous knowledge to Lexi George's world and I really want you to take that into consideration. To fans of this series, Demon Hunting in the Deep South is a must. To the rest, take my advice and read those books in order. Lexi George's sense of humour is worth it! That, and I want you to meet Meredith :P...more
Grave Witch is so great a book, that I can't help but wonder what was I thinking not picking up this serie Review posted at Books to Brighten your Mood
Grave Witch is so great a book, that I can't help but wonder what was I thinking not picking up this series sooner. Why did I have to wait for almost all my book friends to read it and be amazed by it to be finally convinced, is beyond me.
Grave Witch is an amazing introduction to a series that just promises to get better. And I'm sure it will. Not because the first book wasn't good enough, but because I see that there's so much more that can be added to this story and make it even better. And Death's presence is among those things.
But let's take things from the start.
Kalayna Price does an incredible work with her world building. The way she practically takes her readers by the hand and shows them how her world functions rather than just tell them. At first I was a little bit lost, but as the story progressed everything fell into place. Because, Price, isn't explaining beforehand how things work in Nekros City, she just let the characters and the situations explain things when the right time comes. When it's needed. It was brilliant! And even though her world is intricate and complicated you don't feel lost, not for a single minute, or bored with unnecessary details.
The story is full of twists and action, there's not a single moment you are able to feel bored. Things are happening the whole time, details are added every now and then, so even when nothing happens, you get to know new and interesting things about the characters or the world. The writing style is straight to the point and efficient, humorous and enjoyable in overall.
Alex is a really interesting character and her ability to raise shades and communicate with the world of dead is described in an amazing way. The fact that she's left blind the more she uses her grave sight, just reminded me that everything comes with a cost, something that in many cases, authors choose to forget. Falin, the detective with the arrogant attitude who seems to be hiding things was a pure delight. I know most readers are fans of Death, but since I didn't get to see much of him in this novel, I'm sticking with Falin. Although Death, will just make things all the more interesting and that's why I expect that the next books in the series will be better. Because if Death managed to get my attention while appearing a handful of times, imagine what he can do later, when operating in full mode!
All in all, Grave Witch is an amazing first book, in a series that is a must for all UF lovers! Can't wait to get my hands on the next books :)...more
I was dying to read Shadowlander ever since I read that amazing premise. It kind of sounded like Fever series m Reviewed at Books to Brighten your Mood
I was dying to read Shadowlander ever since I read that amazing premise. It kind of sounded like Fever series meets Wicked Lovely to me and to be honest I was just desperate to find my next great UF series with fae, so when I picked this novella up, I was just certain that it would be great. Only to be hugely disappointed once more...
I'm not a big fan of novellas and that is why I try to avoid them usually. I simply think that there's not enough "room" in a novella to develop enough your characters or your plot. Well, one might contradict that there are 500 pages books that seriously lack in both those aspects development, but ok, you get what I mean... Shadowlander was just a quick read, heavy on the romance department but aside from that a read that I won't remember for long and to sum it up in a sentence: A book that I shouldn't have bothered reading. It may have been a really quick read as I said and although the story was something I would usually enjoy I just didn't care about the characters or the story whatsoever. I found Rook creepy what with him following a girl for 16 years and Cate a bit "lukewarm" and acting in a stupid way in some cases.
The story was progressing really, really quickly that I couldn't possibly invest or care about the characters and maybe that is something to be expected by a novella but that can't change my feelings I'm afraid. The book starts with Cate having lunch with her best friend, a best friend who is acting nothing like a friend I must add, who is later kidnapped by a fae and Cate rushes to her rescue. Don't get me wrong but from the little I got to know about that best friend I got the feeling that she was a self centered person and where was the need for our heroine to jeopardise everything, her family most importantly to save her from a fate she didn't even know how bad it was? I don't know, I just couldn't get Cate's sacrifice. The next major let down was when she formed a kind of a plan to save that friend, exposed herself to that creepy fae that has been stalking her for 16 years and from one minute to next she's madly attracted to him and talking about "recharging" sex (think of sex as a form of battery for the energy sources of a fae). Just couldn't go along with it for some reason.
Anyway, there were a couple more things that made me roll my eyes while reading this novella but bottom line is, that although the premise indicates a story more than intriguing, the execution of the story spoiled things for me. Maybe I shouldn't be expecting more, cause this is a novella after all, but truthfully I don't really think that's the case. The thing is that for this to be a good story there were lots and lots of things that should be added. As it is, I feel that Shadowlander is the plan of a full book that will be written again in the future....more
The Shadow Reader is one of those books, that despite the fact that almost all of my trusted friend review Review posted at Books to Brighten your Mood
The Shadow Reader is one of those books, that despite the fact that almost all of my trusted friend reviewers absolutely loved, it took me an awfully lot time to finally decide to pick it up. Honestly, I don't know what I was doing for a whole year now and why I kept postponing reading this book. It's absolutely incredible and really one of the best UF debuts I have ever read!
Sandy Williams has created a unique world, one that the action is never stopping and one where the fantasy element is so strong that makes The Shadow Reader a pure delight to read!
From the very first chapter where we meet McKenzie, the action is non-stop, the sexual tension between her and Aren sizzling hot and the world building incredibly intricate and fascinating. Honestly, those three elements are enough for me to never want to put a book down. And it has been a while since I picked an UF title that satisfied me so much in all those departments, so much in fact that it made me stay up late at night because I was unable to just put it down. I was promising myself that I would just read one final chapter and then I would be done for the night only to immediately start reading the next one because I just wanted to see what happens next! That's how good a book The Shadow Reader is!
McKenzie is strong and a perfect leading lady for this story, and even if she can't really fight that doesn't stop her from being badass! Her faith in what she believes is right is incredible, and even if she was stubborn to a fault, her devotion to the Court and the man she loved for 10 years showed her strength of character. A strength that was only highlighted further by her actions when her world turned upside down.
Aren on the other hand is deliciously hot and a man after my own heart, and the sexual tension between him and McKenzie was one of the reasons I couldn't possibly put this book down. His possessiveness was adorable and sexy as hell at the same time and I just LOVED him! I also loved Kyol, McKenzie's other love interest, and that says a lot about the way Sandy Williams chose to write her characters. And speaking of characters, the character development of main and secondary characters alike, is incredibly good. Because all of the characters here, even if they have a minor role in the plot aren't one dimensional and actually contribute to the whole story.
All in all, The Shadow Reader is an incredible UF debut that all fans of the genre should read. And I can't stress here enough that the only good thing that came out from me reading this book almost a year after its publication is the fact that its sequel is already here! So, I don't have to wait to get to the next book!...more
I think I have been waiting for Iced to get published for what it seems like forever and althouReview originally posted at Books to Brighten your Mood
I think I have been waiting for Iced to get published for what it seems like forever and although I was dying to get my hands on this book, I only realised how much I had truly missed Karen Marie Moning's world when I actually started reading this book. To be honest, there are no words that I can use to describe how much I love "living" in Moning's Dublin. Iced is plainly AWESOME!
This review won't follow my usual pattern where I get to discuss the writing style, or the character development or anything technical. No book written by Moning needs that from me. The writing style is perfect as usual and so are all the rest. Well, at least perfect for me. I can never find anything to bitch about while reading her books. To put it simple, Karen Marie Moning is one of the most brilliant authors currently and her stories are my obsession. Simple as that. So what I'll focus on in this review, will be just the story and my impression of it. Regarding everything else, consider them perfect :)
So, I have to admit that I was scarred like hell to start reading Iced. Fever series is like sacred to me, and this spin off series with Dani as the narrator, scarred me. I was afraid that Dani couldn't pull off being the center of the story for more than one reasons, first of them all, her age. Fever series is seriously hot, full of sexual tension and, well, sex, so reading a story being told from a 14 year old, no matter how different she is from other people her age, was a challenge on itself. Would there be any sex in it? Difficult considering how young Dani is. Would there be any form of romance? Difficult again. So, what would happen with one of the best attributes of this series, which is none other than the sexual tension? How on earth would Moning manage to pull it off? Well, somehow, she managed! Don't know how exactly that happened, but being so fecking brilliant an author like Moning is, she actually managed to write a story around a 14 year old, with hints of sexual tension, without offending the reader. She managed to maintain the whole atmosphere of the Fever series in a story with a really young heroine.
Before anything else, let me tell you that this story, isn't primarily targeted towards a YA audience. Even if the age of the heroine could permit that and even if there's not much sex in there, still it's not YA, not by a long shot. And if you haven't read the rest of the Fever books before, don't start with this one. You'll feel lost. There may be enough details to let the reader catch up with the story, but still, Moning's universe is so intricate and complicated that you'd feel lost. And either way, why miss the opportunity to read this series from the beginning? It's worth your time, believe me!
One other fear I had before starting Iced, was Dani herself. Granted, I was in the minority of people who didn't really dislike her and despite the fact that she killed Alina, I had a soft spot for her. I liked her sassy mouth and her bravado from the beginning, but still, I thought that it would be a challenge to accept her as a main player in the story. But yet again, Moning managed to write her in such a way, that at times, I even forgot all those things that irritated me on her on the previous books. Well, at times, I managed to forget her age and that speaks volumes...
And one of my last fears was how on earth I would read a Fever book where Barrons wouldn't be the main character and wouldn't dominate every single page of the story... Silly, I know, but Barrons IS the Fever series for me. Yeah, I know there are other amazing things about this series and I don't get to disregard them completely, but Barrons was the center of it all. For me at least. So how could I ever read a book where he wouldn't appear often? Impossible.
But, even if Barrons is absent in Iced, apart from a couple of scenes, Ryodan sure makes up for his "loss"! He may not be as hot and sexy as Barrons, but the potential is all there! And I'm pretty certain that by the time Dani is older and we will have the chance to fully appreciate him, Barrons will have some serious competition!
But Ryodan isn't the only possible romantic interest for Dani, although I both hope and believe that he will be the main one. There's also Dancer and Christian. And although I really loved Dancer, I'm afraid I can't say the same about Christian. And not because I didn't like him as a character both in his good and bad times, but because I found it too hard to believe how quickly he fell for Dani. I mean he just loves her and I can't see why! Or to phrase it better, I can see why he is interested in her but not how or when he felt that she's the one for him. It's just too convenient. You have a 14 year old who's really messed up and three seriously sexy guys are ready to die for her. It's just too much. And although I can see why Dancer cares for her and why Ryodan has his eyes set on her, Christian's interest is just too much.
Anyway, I can probably discuss about Iced forever, but the bottom line is that this is one hell of a book, an incredible story written in a way only Moning can do it. Fans of this series will absolutely love it and I'm no exception. I just can't wait for the next one! ...more
Well,what can I possibly say about the conclusion of the Iron Fey series apart from, Wow!Yeah,I think that pretty much sums up everything!Julie Kagawa,yet again delivers an astonishingly well written book and a beautiful conclusion to her fae series.
To anyone who has already read the previous three books of the series it is quite apparent that Julie Kagawa is a skilled writer who manages to deliver beautifully woven stories able to "travel" her readers.Well, somehow I found that in Iron Knight that skill of hers reached a whole new level.Kagawa's writing was more mature and I don't know if she just matured as a writer even more so,or if it is a result of changing the point of view of her narration and to be honest,I couldn't care less.What I do care,is that Iron Knight is a pure fantasy novel full of lyrical descriptions of wonderfull and imaginal landscapes as well as intriguing fantastical creatures!
I can't even describe how much I liked that this story was from Ash's POV!I loved that I was able to get an insight of his thoughts and see for myself what his feelings were towards Meghan and the fact that they can't be together.The part of his trials to gain a soul were my favorite by far.All the emotions and all the memories were given in such a way that it was like living through them myself. Another part I really enjoyed was where we learned more about his relationship with Puck.Learning what Ash really thought about Puck and their form of friendship gave Ash a more "mortal" id,before even starting the trials to gain a soul.
Honestly,I could go on and on explaining the many things I liked in Iron Knight.But the main point is,that Julie Kagawa created such an amazing series,that noone should miss reading.After all,after reading even the first book in the series,you know that you have in your hands something you will not forget soon.So it shouldn't come as a surprise,that the final book is as good as the first one and then some more!The Iron Fey series,is simply that good!...more
Iron Queen,is plainly amazing!A just wonderful addition to the Iron Fey series,that shows that Julie Kagawa can do wonders with her stories!
We follow Meghan this time through her attempt to save the Nevernever and restore her life and that of those she loves to their previous state.Needless to say,I adored Ash in this book!Surely,I do loved him in the previous books also,but somehow in this one I loved him even more!Meghan's character develops even further.She grows even stronger and shows the independent nature of her character fully in Iron Queen.I really loved the way she progressed from the first book in this series until this one,but even so,in some moments I felt that what she did was a bit overstretched.It's one thing to grow stronger and be able to defend yourself after a short period of practice,but what I witnessed in some parts of this book with Meghan being able to fight as a pro,was a bit overstretched for me.But still,I really liked both the story and Meghan's development whatsoever!
Ash and Meghan's love story is as sweet as ever and the plot is even paced and action full as were all the previous books in the series as well!This book is also more emotional than the previous.The ending is just amazing!The choices all the characters had to made,and the decisions they took about their future,just promises an exciting 4th book to come.In general,Iron Queen just doesn't disappoint in any way!The writing style is amazing and just everything works in the best advantage of the story!
All in all,once more I got lost in the magical world that Julie Kagawa created and I can't wait for the next book to come!The fact that it's being written from Ash's point of view,just makes me that much eager to read it!...more
Iron Daughter is plainly fantastic!Julie Kagawa just continues to amaze me with her wonderful writing style and her beautifully written story.The second installment of the Iron Fey series just grabs the reader's interest and you can't think of anything else until the book reaches its end!
The Iron Daughter is as much action packed and thrilling as The Iron King but this one,is even more emotionally intense,making me feel the heroes feelings and sympathise with them.I loved Ash!Every single aspect of him!And Puck in this book gets so much more interesting...!I knew from book one,scratch that,I knew before I even got this book in my hands that Ash and Puck would form the love triangle along with Meghan,but in the first book,Puck was nothing more than Meghan's best friend who was just really fond of her.Granted,there was a subtle romantic feeling in the way he treated Meghan but nothing too obvious...All that though in this book changes and Puck shows his true self,one I really enjoyed almost as much as Ash's if not more!Cause Puck is that gorgeous guy with the mischievous glint in his eyes ready to do anything anytime!And I loved him for that! Meghan on the other hand,is the same sweet girl as in the first book,only now she slowly develops further as a character through all those things that keep happening to her.
In this book,we get to know more details about both the Summer and Winter court and the rules they live under. Kagawa's world is well built and smartly written and the pace of this book is so fast that the reader feels never bored.Add to that the existence of some well built and fascinating side characters and the result is a book you can't possibly put down.From Leananside to Grimalkin to Ironhorse,Kagawa can write each of her characters with equal care and give them a life of their own.
Plus,the romance in this book is Amazing!True,it was obvious that Ash and Meghan would be together,and I always find myself more interested in how the romance will bloom between the protagonists rather than its continuation,but in this case,I just couldn't get enough!
All in all,The Iron Daughter is as amazing and well written as the first book in this series and then some more.To anyone who has yet to read the first book,I totally recommend it!It really worths your time!...more
I don't know how many times i've said this word in the past days,but God,i loved Faefever.Once i picked this book up,i just couldn't put it down,and i'm guessing that i will have the same feeling no matter how many times i'll read those books!Karen Marie Moning once again delivers a book full of suspence,mystery and sexual tension!Just perfect!
In Faefever everything changes!This book stands as a bridge between a normal world and a world consumed by darkness,standing on the edges of a dystopian novel.It's a bridge between the Mac we got to know in Darkfever and a Mac that will completely change.I don't think that Faefever is the 3rd book in this series by accident.It's right in the middle of the story with a first half closer to what we knew from the previous books and the second,slowly introducing the reader to a different and darker world.
Once again,Mac's personality develops,a development i'm not sure will stop until the story is finished.Along with her world that darkens,she herself starts acting and thinking in a completely different way than in the first book.Still,she struggles to keep what she can from her old self,but the story needs a different approach from her towards things and she adjusts perfectly. One thing i loved in Faefever is that we are introduced to a couple new characters.We meet more closely with Christian,the enigmatic Scott that seems to be holding a special part in the story and Dani,the young sidhe seer with the really bad mouth but adorable all the same!I don't know how Dani will evolve and what her place in the story will be by the end,but i really thing that it's a character that really needs a book about herself in some point!It's a really interesting character despite how young she is and i really enjoy reading about her. We also get to know more about inspector Jayne,another character i really enjoy reading about.I like that he too,doesn't care how a job will be done,as long as it gets done!
All in all,Faefever,is yet another astonishing book in the Fever series and yet again,the ending is a major cliffhanger.Seriously,the endings in those books become worse (in terms of suspenfull endings) as the time passes.But i still love them,and love the way i am totally sucked into this dark world!...more
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa is not just an amazing book... it's fantastic and magical too!One of those books that stay with you long after you finished reading it with its beautiful and lyrical images and descriptions.To say I just enjoyed reading it would be an understatement!Try being exstatic about it better!
Before picking this book I was somewhat apprehensive towards it,despite the many good reviews I had seen and the opinion of people I know and take into serious consideration their opinion.I have to admit that although I've read and enjoyed some YA books about fey,I wasn't really thrilled with any of those,and I was especially afraid of The Iron Fey series due to the many references to Shakespeare's work.I've read a book with such references in the past and I didn't enjoy it in the least.So,I was a bit reluctant,but quickly I understood how wrong I was... Definitely,there are some references to Shakespeare's work but only a few and only at the beggining.Julie Kagawa,took the characters of a very famous play and put them in a unique and smartly woven story creating a wonderful world and background for her book!
What I mostly loved though in Iron King are two things.Firstly the idea between the Iron Fey!Julie Kagawa took the fey myth one step further,creating a new race of fey,the result of people's dreams of technological progress!As soon as I reached that part of the book I was astonished by the very idea that our own dreams and aspirations have such a huge impact on Kagawa's fey world.I haven't come across such an idea ever and I was totally fascinated by it! But apart the very idea of the Iron Fey,the other thing I really enjoyed is Jagawa's writing itself.A lyrical and mesmerizing writing,full of pictures and wonderful sceneries!In most books,the author just takes the reader by the hand and explains to him/her how the world is built and what's going on,but Kagawa instead,took the reader by the hand and shown him in perfect details how her world is built! While reading The Iron King,I felt that the author just "made" me take a deep breath and immerge into her magical world and by the end of the book,I didn't want to come back to reality!
The characters are well developed,maybe I'd like to see something more about Puck,but ok that's what the sequels are for!,and the romance has the exact pace I love!Not too quick,or too late in the story,believable all the way! I loved Meghan and her sense of duty towards her family,plus her reactions to everything new and astounding.Ash,is the bad boy I love reading about and I can't wait to see more about him and Puck is the exact opposite of Ash,adding to the whole story and love triangle even more!
All in all,there's not a single thing I can find to start complaining about this book,other than what was I thinking when I didn't order the whole series at once!Now,I just have to wait for the mailman to finally bring me The Iron Daughter to see how the story continues! I totaly recommend this series to any YA lover!...more
OMG!Storm Born was really good and interesting!Thorn Queen... is that much better!I really don't know how Richelle Mead manages but her writing gets better and better the whole time!To be honest,i didn't expect the sequel of Storm Born to be better and some reviews i read where a bit disheartening but i was quite pleasantly surprised!I enjoyed every single page of this book and especially after a certain point i just couldn't put it down!
I liked all of the characters' evolution.We got to learn much more about Kiyo's character,who in the first book of the series was the impersonation of male sexual attraction.Well,in this book we get to know a bit more about his character and motives and to be honest,i wasn't that thrilled of his character!I didn't like how he treated Eugenie at bed and much like he treated her in the bedroom he also treated her outside of it.I somehow got the feeling that he was a bit intimadated by Eugenie's power plus he just wanted to have the upper hand in everything,he just did it in not that obvious a way.More or less i was a bit troubled with Kiyo in this book and by the end of it i was mad at him!
Eugenie on the other hand is yet again torn in this book.Torn between two men and two worlds each one of them are representing a different part of her soul.She loves Kiyo but she's attracted to Dorian as well.She feels human,but the same sense of responsibility that feels towards protecting humans grom gentry,she also feels towards her people,no matter how much she resents herself for that.In overall,Eugenie is among the most well built and consistent characters i have ever come across in books and i just really love her!
Dorian,is pretty mush the same wonderful Dorian of the first book,and although again his appearances aren't very long i just love him!Haven't i already told i'm team Dorian?He still has his own motives about everything he does but he somehow feels a little bit more trouthfull than Kiyo.I just hope he doesn't turn to be a completely selfless bastard,cause that will be a major let down!
The story is amazing!Quick paced and with some breathtaking descriptions!The parts where Mead describes Otherworld are really like coming out of another era!Her world building was obvious from the first book,but here many parts of the story unfold at Otherworld,thus giving us the chance to meet this world in more details!And i just loved the way Mead combined our modern world with the one where electricity doesn't even exist as a concept!It was wonderful!
One more thing i want to add is that i also liked the way Richelle Mead is treating her heroes...She's not afraid to make them live through terrible incidents and get out even stronger as characters.She did it with Rose in Vampire Academy and she did it yet again with Eugenie.I'm not gonna say more cause it will be a huge spoiler but once i reached that part of the book i was left speechless!
After finishing Thorn Queen,all i can think is that i really need to read the next book in the series,but i have to wait unfortunatelly!At least Vampire Academy will soon be in my hands,so,that counts for something!...more
Ink Exchange,although a second book in a series was quite different... Different from Wicked Lovely in many ways although the story unfolds in the same world with it and the characters are more or less the same but with the addiction of some really interesting ones.And i really loved all those differences!
It took me way too long to read Ink Exchange (a week and more for a book is way too much time for me) but it wasn't because i didn't like it.Maybe i couldn't concentrate as much as i'd like with no obvious reason.The thing is that the sequel to Wicked Lovely was way better for me.I loved the characters and i could sympathise with them,feel them and understand their actions unlike in Wicked Lovely.Ash was an ok character,but a bit lukewarm at times (though granted,i believe her contribution in the srory over the next books will be more noticeable and her character is good),Seth was amazing,no complaints whatsoever here,but Keenan...?When Wicked Lovely ended i haven't made up my mind whether i liked him or he just wasn't my type so i settled for somehow ignoring him,but after Ink Exchange,well,i definitely made up my mind and i can't see how it might that improve. On the other hand,the leading characters here are far more likeable for me and more complete,maybe because this one book is the only one where they get to tell their story,i don't know.Leslie is a teenager going through her personal drama and trying to cope with all the bad things that happened to her.Niall is also a good leading male character,caring,strong and human in ways most people could never be.But the true revellation for me in this book was Irial,the suppossedly bad guy or the equivalent of Keenan in the Dark Court.But although i expected him to be much worse than Keenan,he ended up being way better in some parts,and as much cruel with him in others.Irial,just like Niall had a human part that other faeries didn't and i really enjoyed that part.It added in the story and for me balanced the almost complete lack of action or even hint of action.Granted,Wicked Lovely wasn't an action packed book,so you don't expect for the sequel to be a journey to actionville but somehow i waited for something,anything,to happen apart the obvious-the ink exchange- some explanation about what it was and its consequences.That's all this book was about in the end of the day but as i said,the characters and some of the subjects Melissa Marr decided to touch in this book (such as rape,drug use or domestic violence) compensated for the lack of anything else i might have expected.
All in all,it may have taken me quite a few days to read Ink Exchange (but probably i am to blame about it cause i couldn't concentrate on anything) but it was just as amazing Wicked Lovely was and in some ways even better than it.I'm just sad cause i won't get to read again about Leslie,i grow really fond of her and who knows,maybe in the books to come in the series she will reappear although i doubt it......more
Honestly,it's really hard for me to write a review for Tithe...It's not that i didn't like it...But many,and i mean many things in this book bothered me.It's one of those times when you come across a book,that although you didn't exactly like it,you can't actually write a bad review either.That's the case with Tithe...
From the very first sentence of this book i fell in love with it!You don't come across many books that dare to present reality for what it is,not trying to sweeten things up.And by saying presenting reality for what it is,i mean that at last,Black created a teenager charactes who cusses,drinks,smokes and yeah...knows everything about sex and she's casual about it!Kaye is one of my favorite heroines just for all those.Because,let's face it,teenagers nowadays may do far worse things than those Kaye did and i was glad that a writer dared to present things for what they really are.We may all hide behind our own fingers or pretend not to see some things and hope that teenagers don't smoke or drink or have sex,but the truth is that most of them do,most teenagers try their very own limits no matter how good their upringing is.And to be honest,Kaye is not your typical teenager neither is her ubringing that good,so most of the things she does are more than justified...
The writing style is a whole different story though... Black's writing style was what made me love to hate this book!I loved the very vivid pictures the author managed to create but i felt that the whole book was a sort of an assemply of scenes thrown in together...A number of times i found myself lost from one scene to another not quite certain where the scene ended or how the next one began...I must admit,English is not my first language so it's only natural that i have unknown words or phrases while reading a book,but to this day,the only book i ever encountered a problem while reading it was The Lord of The Rings,and let's face it,Tolkien is a bit hard even for native speakers at times....(or so i've been told by some friends)So,maybe i felt lost due to my lack of understanding Black's language but the result was the same...
I just couldn't get into this book no matter how hard i try and no matter how i wanted to like it....Once again,i found the protagonists in this book just accepting anything paranormal without a second thought or without seeking explanations.And ok,i can accept that Kaye just accepted those facts unquestioningly but Curly too?I don't want to dwell more on that point for fear of spoilers,but again i found myself wondering why the heroes won't seek for the right - obvious - questions until it's suited for the plot...
Anyway,even now i really don't know how to rate this book or decide if i like it or not.The story was rather good but i just couldn't get into it.But one thing is for certain,whenever Tithe is mentioned,Black's amazing portrayal of Kaye will be the first thing to come to my mind.And for that thing only i think that everyone should try to read this book
I really didn't have no expectations when i started reading this book and to be honest,i didn't know much about the storyline.I just picked it becauseI really didn't have no expectations when i started reading this book and to be honest,i didn't know much about the storyline.I just picked it because i liked the cover and i was expecting for yet another YA book with a storyline close to the "Twilight Saga school".Teenager,moving to a new town,with a bunch of problems to solve,where she meets the cute guy and all paranormal hell brokes loose soon after her arrival.Watching it from a distance,it really looks like another Twilight clone,but reading it made me think twice.Of course,the basic plot resembles Twilight,but thankfully, as the story goes on,things get better and Carrie Jones manages to deliver a quite unigue book in the paranormal YA literature.
I've read of pixies before,that's true,but this was my first book,where pixies where the protagonists,and they were quite mean as well.The main heroine also,Zara,was quite well developed as a character throughout the book,from being the death stricken teenager who collects phobias,just to overcome her own fears,to a young woman,who does everything in her power to help those she loves.Nick,was also sexy as hell and the rest of the surrounding characters,although not developed at all,where good in surrounding the whole plot.
What i didn't like,though,was firstly,the fact that so many things happened in such a short amound of time.It's quite unbelievable if you come to think it more closely,how a person can grow over such a small amount of time,and how the heroes feelings change from one page to another.I always have the same problem with many books,and i just find it irritating.Ok,i agree,the writer can't rumble on and on for chapters without anything happening just to show us that time is passing,but to actually believe,that all those things happened in about a week,well,it's impossible,at least for me.Another thing,that,again,i come across most YA books as well as this one and find it disturbing,is the fact that every paranormal being has the need to go to school...Whether it's a vampire,a werewolf,an angel,a fairy or a pixie,all those creatures seem to have the unstoppable need to go to school just to create the perfect setting for the writer and,in most cases,without further explanation.
Apart from those points though,Need was a fairly good written book,although awkward in some points,whose biggest advantage for me was its atmosphere.Jones managed to deliver a chilling story,in the perfect setting.I mean Maine,has already got it's reputation from Stephen Kings' books,and Jones managed to preserve that atmosphere up to a certain point.
All in all,this book,is,your typical paranormal YA book,but you read it quite pleasantly and i will most definitely continue with reading the sequel.
Before i continue with the review i must say that to anyone that hasn't read up to book 3 in the series there will be some spoilers about the previous books.
The story picks up exactly where Faefever ends,only this time,the first few chapters are being narrated by Dani, a fact that alone shows the extend of damage the events of the previous book inflicted on Mac. I must say,the whole death-by-sex thing the Fae are capable on inflicting among humans bothered me from day one.I totally understand the need for the story of such a thing but it bothered me nevertheless.Seeing Mac suffering the consequences of the most savage rape imaginable was bad for me...I am a bit sensitive towards women suffering from any kind of violence from men only because they are able to inflict that kind of pain.I really understand the need of such an event for the story to progress and i'm not judging that fact in the book whatsoever,i just don't like to read about it.Hopefully,those pages don't last long and in any case,Moning describes Mac's recuperation very well,so your mind isn't all the time to the events that led to her condition but anyway,i still didn't like it.
Apart from the rape part,the story in Dreamfever progresses rapidly.The world as we knew it from the first books and was slowly starting to change in Faefever is now completely changed!So is Mac herself.One might say that Mac's character changes according to the world and the events that surround her.And i really like that fact.A person should adjust to whatever happens to him/her and emerge from everything stronger.And that's exactly what Mac does. Barrons,is as good and enigmatic as ever!And i might add,as sexy as ever!The fierceness with which he protects Mac and the lenghts to which he goes to help her comeback is a tremendous bonus to his character.I still don't like how Mac depends on either him or V'lane to save her but at least one of the changes of her character means that at least she now excepts less from them both. V'lane,on the other hand is pretty much of no much notice to me in this book.I never really liked him as a character and after what the fae did to Mac,i more than ever dislike him,despite the fact he didn't do anything to her.The way he regards human race with such arrogance does little to help him.
The ending of Dreamfever,is by far the worst cliffhanger ever...Just don't read the last chapter if you haven't on your hands Shadowfever!Do yourselves a favor and avoid the misery of not being able to immediatelly learn the rest of the story.Just have a copy of Shadowfever right next to you before the last chapter!...more
I just love Richelle mead!She's such an amazing and super talented writer and i can't help but just love anything she writes.She has created three unique worlds and three amazing leading cvharacters in her three seperate series and i just enjoy myself equally regardless of which of her series i'm reading.
Storm Born is yet again incredibly good.Mead created a world that immediatelly sucked me in and a leading character that i couldn't help but love.Having read the first book in each of her series i really can't tell whichof the three amazing heroines is my favorite...Maybe Rose...!Eugenie is smart ,witty,sexy and really deadly.She literally kicks ass but isn't cocky at all.On the contrary,she'a a really down to earth character with a healthy sence of fear and she's afraid of other's as well as what her own self is capable of. The male characters that consist the love triangle of this story are equally good...So good,that i just couldn't pick my favorite,although by the end i had to make a choice and i just leaned towards the faery part...Kiyo and Dorian are both sexy and caring towards Eugenie,but Dorian just held a special appeal to me.Kiyo was too dishonest for my taste no matter what his excuses might be,but still,reading about him was really yummy..Anyway,the love triangle is so nicely drawn that i,at least, just can't tell who Eugenie's final choice will be.And that is what in my mind makes a love triangle succesfull.Not making really obvious who the final choice will be.With Storm Born,you just keep wondering the whole time... The rest of the surrounding characters are plainly amazing,each of them developed and with his own voice,thus making the story progress even smoother.
I can go on and on forever about how much i liked Storm Born and all the things that amazed me but the truth is that plainly,there's not a single thing i didn't like about it.All i can say is that i totally recommend any book written by Richelle Mead and this one in particular.It's just plainly obvious that Richelle Mead was born to tell stories and make her readers get lost in the worlds she creates.And that for me is what makes a writer's work really succesful.The ability to make his readers dream in the world he?she created! ...more
This book has a certain faery tale feel to it!The writing style was constantly reminding me of a faery tale,with the good and bad guys,the prince charThis book has a certain faery tale feel to it!The writing style was constantly reminding me of a faery tale,with the good and bad guys,the prince charming and a heroine who doesn't want to be saved!I have to admit it,although at times i was lost with the many point of views(it's not my cup of tea,what can i say!),Melissa's Marr writing style made me dream...
I'm not a big fan of books of faeries,not because i don't like faeries but because most of the books i read of them where not that good,so i was a bit reluctant to pick this book.But,suprisingly,it wasn't bad at all!It was really different from most YA books i've read with an ending that i couldn't see coming,cause it's not the typical happy ending,at least not my typical happy ending!
I loved Donia,more than Aislinn i'm afraid so,and Seth more than Keenan.Keenan's character was,well,underdeveloped for me.Although many chapters of the book was from his point of view i couldn't get an insight of his character.I couldn't understand his feelings,other than his need to save his people,which makes him a good king i suppose,but didn't give anything on his character building.
I also have to point out that the plot has huge holes...The whole thing with the curse was never fully explained nor the conditions under which this spell would break.Why,were all the previous girl failed should Aishlinn succeed?I'd like some more explanation but i can't continue saying anything more without spoilers.
Anyway,to sum it up it was a decent modern faery tale,maybe not extraordinary but surely an entairtening read and certainly i will continue with the rest books in the series!
So,last night i finished reading Shadowfever!And to be completely honest with myself,i have a bit of mixed emotions towards the final installment of one of my favorite series ever...
I really expected many things from Shadowfever!We all waited so much time to see how things will eventually wrap up,to get some answers and when i saw that the book was so many pages i was really glad!The more of Fever series,the better!Now that i read it,i'm experiencing a conflict of emotions!I'm mostly glad that the story ended the way it did,i'm mostly glad that Mac ended to become the woman she became,glad of how her relationship with Barrons evolved, sad that this series ended and puzzled about some things!See the "mostly" on where i'm glad?Well,although i liked Shadowfever,the problem was that i had some issues.And that issues resolved to that "mostly" glad parts.
Before i continue with my review i have to warn you that from this part on there will be some spoilers.I hate to have spoilers in my reviews,but i just can't say what bothered me and what i did like without including some spoilers.If i don't,then my review will only sum up to:"I really liked this book but i had some issues with a number of things,that i can't really mention cause i'll spoil the fun for everyone!".So,continue reading if only you have already read Shadowfever,or you don't care about spoilers.
As everyone,i really wanted to know who the killed beast of the ending in Dreanfever really is!And although i really hoped it wasn't that one,it really was...From that point on,all i wanted to see was how the whole ressurection thing would play out.I was really anxious and i kept on reading and reading hoping for that to happen really soon but i first had to endure some really long pages of nothing crucial for the plot before anything happened.To say i wanted to through the book and at the same time read it all at once would be an understatment...See,the bipolar feeling Mac was experiencing throughout the whole book,i really got to experience it for myself!Although the ressurection part wasn't that delayed,i really think that it was prolonged unessecarily.But ok,i could deal with that...I could also deal with the on and on descriptions of things the whole time.But what bothered me was that this book had so much internal rambling on Mac's side.We were used in a totally different pace in the previous books of the series,that i really expected that Shadowfever would have more action and more explanations than the previous.But Shadowfever had little action,more puzzles than explanations and so many philosophical questions that i could take no more.I wanted answers and all i got for the best part of the book were more and more questions than ever.What is exactly Barrons,what the hell happens with Mac and such on. Maybe i am hasty.Not maybe,i know i am.So,i blamed it on me,that i couldn't sit down and enjoy the final book instead of wanting answers so soon.I'm not really patient,i know!But all those constant new theories of what everything is,the constant new prophecies and such really through me off.As soon as i got to wrap my mind about a thing,i would have to immediatelly reconsider it and take in mind the new evidences.Is Mac the concubine?Is she the Unseelie King?Is she a part of the Unseelie King?WTF?And all those theories came with many philosophical statements.I mean if i was really Mac i would end up schizo,without knowing my true identity!She first had to know she was adopted,then that she wasn't really Alina's sister,then that she maybe not even be human,along with all the other sidhe seers,then that she is a reincarnation and then that somehow she is a part of something bigger and not a human being neither a Fae!I'm exhausted even thinking about all these!
Anyway,what Mac really is at the end,though believable,considering the world Moning built,left me eventually with some questions.But what Barrons is?Although,hopefully,he didn't experience such conflict of identity,and although we got a general idea about what he is,still,i have questions about why he is what he is and how such a being is categorized.I gather he is cursed.But from who?Was he born that way?I really can't tell and to be honest,maybe the answer was given but i spent a very good part of this book confused that i won't find incredible the fact that i didn't even understood it!
V'lane,although never my favorite character,at least i have no questionmarks considering him whatsoever!So,that counts for something!And i loved that he is not what he seems along with Rowena,despite the fact i saw it coming.Along with Alina's murderer after a certain point.Those revelations didn't struck me as odd,but i liked those turn of events!
I can go on and on forever about this book.I can pinpoint every single thing that through me off but i'm afraid i will become boring.To sum it up,i have to say that it is a good book.Despite my so long list of what threw me off.It was just that i really expected many things and i believe that if it was shorter it would be better.After all,if we leave out Mac's internal monologues and all those theories that replaced one another constantly,what is left,will be considerably less. Moning,did give a kind of closure to her story,but i found it a bit abrupt.All that building in the story,to end just like that in a blink of an eye,in about a couple of chapters.It was a bit anticlimatic.At least for me. Shadowfever is really a good book!It's a good closure to an amazing series,one a recommend to everyone!It's just that i expected something more and something less of it.And maybe that's why i was left with mixed feelings.It's always better to not expect anything,cause it's more than certain that it won't happen.And maybe the ending was that way to leave some strands loose for the nest series to come.And i really hope that this will be the case.At least that way,we will see how the world resumed after the Book was restraint.
All in all,Shadowfever maybe not my favorite book in the series,and maybe for the first time i got to actually complain about a thing in this series but that's not making me like the series any less.It will always be among ny favorites and i am a bit sad that it ended.Now,i have to read anything else Karen Marie Moning has written to fill the void!...more
2.5 stars The Iron Witch,left me with somehow mixed emotions.Although i wasn't really amazed by it,i can't say i didn't like it at all either.There were times i was really excited with it and eager to know how things evolved and times were i was a bit bored.I just couldn't get into this book,no matter how much i wanted it.
I was more than excited when i picked up this book.It was among those books that i wanted to read as soon as i saw that gorgeous cover and read the interesting premise.And the story in this book is really interesting.And well written.My problem was that despite of those facts,i couldn't care about what happened in the story.Maybe it's just me and i wasn't in the right mood to read this book.I honestly can't say.
My main problem was that i felt that everything in this story were a bit rushed.The romance between the heroes was rushed.The explanations for the world again were quickly given and everything the heroine, Donna, needed was again right in front of her.I mean,she wanted to find her abducted friend,voila,she was able after a good guess to find him.She needed something very well hidden,again,she only needed a good guess,a little effort,and she had it in her hands.I don't know if that happened because the book is so small.Maybe that's the case.But after how quickly and easily Donna found what happened to Navin,i just had lost my interest. Again,i have to point that maybe that's just me.To anyone else,maybe this book is a small and cute and wonderful story wrapped in a gorgeous package.Which it is!
The Iron Witch is a cute story,set in an interesting world.The writing style is good and i really enjoyed the pictures Karen Mahoney was able to draw in her book.I just wanted something more to hold my interest. I really liked Donna, her character and the way she delt with problems.I found interesting her friendship with Navin.I couldn't care less about Xan,her love interest.Really,although he made quite an impression on me when he first appeared,that interest was short lived.He was just a secondary character,standing beside Donna,eager to help her with anything! And the Order of the Dragons...For such a major and long lived alchemist order,i found a bit naive the way one of their own was able to steal their property.
Anyway,The Iron Witch is surely a fun way to spend your hours and due to the fact it's small you propably won't even notice when you'll reach the last page.I just wish the writer would delve into some more details,at least on the suspence scenes.To be honest,i'm not sure i will read the next installment but i'm also a bit curious,so who knows!
Amazing book,i liked it even more than the first!The story is getting better by each page,the main heroine is starting to change and Moning is givingAmazing book,i liked it even more than the first!The story is getting better by each page,the main heroine is starting to change and Moning is giving those changes amazingly well.A series i put among my favorite for many reasons.It has action,a romance that is present but doesn't overshadow the rest of the story and Barrons OMG!Just loved it and now i'm so sorry i didn't order the whole series at once and now i have to wait to read the rest of the story!
Really liked it!I loved the way Moning writes not to mention that i agreed with many of her heroine's points of view!Well built characters,especiallyReally liked it!I loved the way Moning writes not to mention that i agreed with many of her heroine's points of view!Well built characters,especially Mac and at last a book about the Fae that i actually enjoyed.Definitely i'll keep reading this series!
It was a sweet book and a fast read.But it left me quite unsatisfied.I felt like the writer was in a hurry to finish the book.Though the story is defiIt was a sweet book and a fast read.But it left me quite unsatisfied.I felt like the writer was in a hurry to finish the book.Though the story is definitely good i think that it went from the one thing to the other really fast.I will definitely though read the sequel....more
I just can't continue reading the book.It started really well and i was actually thrilled but... From the beggining i was a bit confused but i thoughtI just can't continue reading the book.It started really well and i was actually thrilled but... From the beggining i was a bit confused but i thought that was because i wasn't familiar with the creatures described to the book.As i continued reading though i found myself not only confused but bored and annoyed.When the writter wanted to explain something in order to continue with the plot,she just miraculously create a character who gave the perfect explanation and then dissapeared and the plot continued. I don't know if it becomes any better,i'm halfway through the book already but as i continued i found myself more confused and unwilling to find out what happens to the characters. Shame cause the story is interesting and i would like to really enjoy this book...more